Photos show two Koreas’ similarities
Still, visitors to “Crow’s Eye View: the Korean Peninsula,” a photo exhibition that runs until May 10 in the Arko Art Center in Seoul, may see that the views of central Pyongyang and Seoul have strange similarities.
The architecture in South Korea - which was democratized in earnest in the 1990s - still has traces of authoritarianism from its former military regime and, on those points, parallel North Korea’s totalitarian edifices.
However, they differ in the details. The South “has long served the requirements of capitalism,” which inevitably leads to individualism, according to Arko. In that sense, the exhibition makes sure to focus on how the architecture of North and South Korea has distinctly evolved since the division of the peninsula.
“Crow’s Eye View: the Korean Peninsula” won the Golden Lion award for Best National Participation in the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
For details, visit www.arkoartcenter.or.kr or call (02) 760-4604.
BY MOON SO-YOUNG [firstname.lastname@example.org]